All-Japan Rugby Football Championship

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Suntory won the 50th All Japan Championship in 2013.

The All-Japan Rugby Football Championship (日本ラグビーフットボール選手権大会 Nihon Ragubi- Futtobo-ru Senshuken Taikai) is played at the end of the season and is doubling as the title playoff in the Top League. The first championship was played in 1963 and won by Doshisha University RFC which beat Kintetsu (now Kintetsu Liners) 18-3. Before that the NHK invitation cup was played three times, 1960-2.

Qualifying[edit]

2009–2017[edit]

The All-Japan Rugby Football Championship was expanded from 8 to 10 teams for 2009 with the addition of two more Top League sides. For 2010, the top four Top League sides automatically qualify for the Championship, while the six sides that finish fifth to tenth play off to determine the last two Top League sides.

2017-present[edit]

With the new Top League system, the teams in the title playoff will have this playoff double as this competition. No university teams will compete.

All Japan Rugby Football Championship Finals[edit]

Title Season Winner Score Runner-up Venue Attendance
1st 1960-61
NHK Cup
Yawata Steel 50 – 13
Nihon Univ. Chichibunomiya rugby stadium,
Tokyo
unknown
2nd 1961-62
NHK Cup
Doshisha Univ. 17 – 6
Kintetsu Kintetsu Hanazono rugby stadium,
Osaka
unknown
3rd 1962-63
NHK Cup
Yawata Steel 25 – 6
Meiji Univ. Chichibunomiya,
Tokyo
unknown
1st 1963-64 Doshisha Univ. 18 – 3
Kintetsu Chichibunomiya,
Tokyo
unknown
2nd 1964-65 Yawata Steel 15 – 6
HoseiUniv. Chichibunomiya,
Tokyo
unknown
3rd 1965-66 Waseda Univ. 12 – 9
Yawata Steel Hanazono,
Osaka
unknown
4th 1966-67 Kintetsu 27 – 11
Waseda Univ. Chichibunomiya,
Tokyo
unknown
5th 1967-68 Kintetsu 27 – 14
Hosei Univ. Chichibunomiya,
Tokyo
unknown
6th 1968-67 Toyota Motor 44 – 16
Keio Univ. Hanazono,
Osaka
unknown
7th 1969-70 Nippon Sport Science Univ. 29 – 13 Fuji Iron & Steel Kamaishi Chichibunomiya,
Tokyo
unknown
8th 1970-71 Waseda Univ. 30 – 16 Nippon Steel Kamaishi Chichibunomiya,
Tokyo
unknown
9th 1971-72 Waseda Univ. 14 – 11 Mitsubishi Motors Kyoto Chichibunomiya,
Tokyo
unknown
10th 1972-73 Ricoh 35 – 9 Meiji Univ. Chichibunomiya,
Tokyo
unknown
11th 1973-74 Ricoh 25 – 3 Waseda Univ. Hanazono,
Osaka
unknown
12th 1974-75 Kintetsu 33 – 13 Waseda Univ. National (Olympic) Stadium,
Tokyo
unknown
13th 1975-76 Meiji Univ. 37 – 12 Mitsubishi Motors Kyoto National Stadium,
Tokyo
unknown
14th 1976-77 Nippon Steel Kamaishi 27 – 12 Waseda Univ. National Stadium,
Tokyo
unknown
15th 1977-78 Toyota Motor 20 – 10 Meiji Univ. National Stadium,
Tokyo
unknown
16th 1978-79 Nippon Steel Kamaishi 24 – 0 Nippon Sport Science Univ. National Stadium,
Tokyo
unknown
17th 1979-80 Nippon Steel Kamaishi 32 – 6 Meiji Univ. National Stadium,
Tokyo
unknown
18th 1980-81 Nippon Steel Kamaishi 10 – 3 Doshisha Univ. National Stadium,
Tokyo
unknown
19th 1981-82 Nippon Steel Kamaishi 30 – 14 Meiji Univ. National Stadium,
Tokyo
unknown
20th 1982-83 Nippon Steel Kamaishi 21 – 8 Doshisha Univ. National Stadium,
Tokyo
unknown
21st 1983-84 Nippon Steel Kamaishi 35 – 10 Doshisha Univ. National Stadium,
Tokyo
unknown
22nd 1984-85 Nippon Steel Kamaishi 31 – 17 Doshisha Univ. National Stadium,
Tokyo
unknown
23rd 1985-86 Keio Univ. 18 – 13 Toyota Motor National Stadium,
Tokyo
unknown
24th 1986-87 Toyota Motor 26 – 6 Daito Bunka Univ. National Stadium,
Tokyo
unknown
25th 1987-88 Waseda Univ. 22 – 16 Toshiba Fuchu National Stadium,
Tokyo
unknown
26th 1988-89 Kobe Steel 46 – 17 Daito Bunka Univ. National Stadium,
Tokyo
unknown
27th 1989-90 Kobe Steel 58 – 4 Waseda Univ. National Stadium,
Tokyo
unknown
28th 1990-91 Kobe Steel 38 – 15 Meiji Univ. National Stadium,
Tokyo
unknown
29th 1991-92 Kobe Steel 34 – 12 Meiji Univ. National Stadium,
Tokyo
unknown
30th 1992-93 Kobe Steel 41 – 3 Hosei Univ. National Stadium,
Tokyo
unknown
31st 1993-94 Kobe Steel 33 – 19 Meiji Univ. National Stadium,
Tokyo
unknown
32nd 1994-95 Kobe Steel 102 – 14 Daito Bunka Univ. National Stadium,
Tokyo
unknown
33rd 1995-96 Suntory 49 – 24 Meiji Univ. National Stadium,
Tokyo
unknown
34th 1996-97 Toshiba Fuchu 69 – 8 Meiji Univ. National Stadium,
Tokyo
unknown
35th 1997-98 Toshiba Fuchu 35 – 11 Toyota Motor National Stadium,
Tokyo
unknown
36th 1998-99 Toshiba Fuchu 24 – 13 Kobe Steel National Stadium,
Tokyo
unknown
37th 1999-2000 Kobe Steel 49 – 20 Toyota Motor National Stadium,
Tokyo
unknown
38th 2000-01 Kobe Steel
Suntory
27 – 27 Both teams awarded Championship after a draw. National Stadium,
Tokyo
unknown
39th 2001-02 Suntory 28 – 17 Kobe Steel Chichibunomiya,
Tokyo
unknown
40th 2002-03 NEC 36 – 26 Suntory National Stadium,
Tokyo
unknown
41st 2003-04 Toshiba Brave Lupus 22 – 10 Kobelco Steelers National Stadium,
Tokyo
unknown
42nd 2004-05
Details
NEC Green Rockets 17 – 13
Toyota Verblitz Chichibunomiya,
Tokyo
unknown
43rd 2005-06
Details
Toshiba Brave Lupus
NEC Green Rockets
6 – 6
Both teams awarded Championship after a draw. Chichibunomiya,
Tokyo
unknown
44th 2006-07
Details
Toshiba Brave Lupus 19 – 10
Toyota Verblitz Chichibunomiya,
Tokyo
unknown
45th 2007-08
Details
Sanyo Wild Knights 40 – 16
Suntory Sungoliath Chichibunomiya,
Tokyo
unknown
46th 2008-09
Details
Sanyo Wild Knights 24 – 18
Suntory Sungoliath Chichibunomiya,
Tokyo
unknown
47th 2009-10
Details
Sanyo Wild Knights 22 – 17
Toyota Verblitz Chichibunomiya,
Tokyo
11,479
48th 2010-11
Details
Suntory Sungoliath 37 – 20
Sanyo Wild Knights Chichibunomiya,
Tokyo
14,477
49th 2011-12
Details
Suntory Sungoliath 21 – 9
Sanyo Wild Knights Chichibunomiya,
Tokyo
n/a
50th 2012-13
Details
Suntory Sungoliath 36 – 20
Kobelco Steelers National Stadium,
Tokyo
14,155 [1]
51st 2013-14
Details
Panasonic Wild Knights 30 – 21
Toshiba Brave Lupus National Stadium,
Tokyo
19,571
52nd 2014-15
Details
Yamaha Júbilo 15 – 3
Suntory Sungoliath Chichibunomiya,
Tokyo
14,627 [2]
53rd 2015-16
Details
Panasonic Wild Knights 49–15
Teikyo University Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium,
Tokyo
12,721 [3]
54th 2016-17
Details
Suntory Sungoliath 15–10
Panasonic Wild Knights Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium,
Tokyo
20,196 [4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ News ARFU. 2013.
  2. ^ Score Rugby Japan. 2015.
  3. ^ "Panasonic beat Teikyo University to complete double". Japan Rugby. 31 January 2016. Archived from the original on 19 February 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2016. 
  4. ^ "Suntory complete league and cup double". Rugby Japan. 29 January 2017. Archived from the original on 25 April 2017. Retrieved 25 April 2017.